In case anyone has been wondering where I’ve been and even if you haven’t, I’ve been working on a new WordPress powered version of my wife’s business website which is being built on my long standing “test” site that I’ve used in the past to “beat on” nightly versions of WordPress, try new themes and plugins and all that kind of stuff. Once the basics are completed, it will be moved by a good friend of mine who has boat loads more experience in doing such things than I do. So what does this have to do with trimming this site a bit? Well, I’ll tell you.
In order to make the move as easy as possible (and to lessen the amount of irritation on my friend’s part) I had to do a heck of a lot of trimming, removing database tables and entries left behind by various plugins, removing various widgets and posts that won’t be used in the final version of the site, etc, and after I got done doing all this I realized that the old test site was whizzing right along even without the caching plugin (WP Super Cache) I had been using. And this made me think of this site.
My ancient old, beat up, banged up, patched up, taped up beater of a WordPress powered blog I started nearly 7 years ago. I thought about the contents of sidebar widgets that I haven’t updated in a coon’s age (however long that is), old ad plugins whose ads have long ago disappeared due to lack of impressions or some such thing and plugins that I really don’t need anymore.
In other words, time to clean house.
So, I have removed all ad plugins, including what I called the “obligatory Google Ads” which aren’t so obligatory any longer. I’ve also removed the “Links” widget thingy from the sidebar as well over half the links were either not applicable any longer or the site’s the links pointed to simply no longer existed. For those sites that I still frequent on a regular basis (and are still there) that were referenced in the “Links” widget, like this guy already mentioned and this other guy plus others, I’ll reference them in future posts until I can think of something better.
I removed other plugins whose functions I no longer needed, that had been apparently “abandoned” or whose functions have been replaced by another plugin. But I did add one new plugin in an effort to slow down the massive amount of comment spam that’s been arriving lately.
It’s not one of those annoying “captcha” style plugins that I despise so much. No, this is a simple “copy and paste” the code from one field to another before you post your comment. The plugin just adds two small fields below comment form, the top field with the code you copy and the bottom field the one you paste the code into. Pretty simple, yes? Anyway, it’s taken the several thousand comment spams caught by Akismet that I have to plow through every few days and reduced the amount to zero. If you find you can’t leave a comment, please let me know by emailing me directly (Use the email address on the Contact page).
A rather long and boring post now, isn’t it? Well, hell. Got to have a few of those now and then, right?. Makes my other posts seem a bit more lively in comparison I think. At least when I manage to actually post something?
Have a fine day and don’t let the drones annoy you. The two legged kind I mean, not the flying ones.